DeWalt 20V Max Compact Reciprocating Saw

DeWalt 20V Max Compact Reciprocating Saw Review: Pros & Cons


• Compact size; it’s easy to handle. (The only one with such a small blade)

• Compatible with all major brands of batteries. (Compact rechargeable battery is very popular among hobbyists.)


1. The price is high compared to other models.

(It costs around $200)

2. The blade does not have a sharp edge.

(There are some cheap ones available online)

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3. There is no warranty for this model.

(No guarantee that it will work properly or even at all).

4. No power indicator light.

(You need to look carefully if the battery level drops low)

5. Blade doesn’t cut through wood well, but it cuts through plastic easily and safely.

6. The blade may break if used for long time without maintenance.

(Be careful when using it with metal objects)

7. Some users complain about the vibration of this model.

8. It’s difficult to use this model while driving a car due to its small size and short reach.

9. It’s only available in one color (yellow).

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10. There is no battery indicator light.

(You need to look carefully to see the level of battery)

This is a good choice for people who are looking for a compact reciprocating saw. Normal users should be satisfied with this model, but it’s not strong enough for skilled workers and tradesmen.

The yellow color makes it easy to find in your toolbox though, so that’s a plus!

Warnings and Tips

You should take the following precautions when using this saw:

1. Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from flying pieces of wood or metal.

2. Don’t overwork the saw; let it cool down every 15 minutes.

(It will overheat if used non-stop for more than a half an hour)

3. Keep the blade sharp to maximize its cutting power.

(You can do it yourself or take it to a professional)

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4. Only use original batteries for this model.

(Fake ones are not of good quality and can be dangerous)

5. Use appropriate blades for different materials.

(Some blades are safer to use than others)

6. Use only DeWalt batteries with this model.

(If you use other compatible batteries, the warranty will be void)

7. Use safety goggles while using this product.

(Flying wood and metal pieces can damage eyes)

8. Don’t over-tighten the blade (This can cause the motor to burn out)

9. Do not expose this tool to rain or moisture.

(The electronics inside are not water-proof)

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10. Don’t leave the batteries inside the tool while not in use.

(They can corrode and damage the internal parts)

11. Always switch off the tool before changing the blade.

(The knife can fly off and hit someone if not handled properly)

12. Keep the tool in a safe place where it can’t be reached by children.

(Children don’t know how to handle this sort of tool and they can get hurt)

13. Don’t use on battery if there is a sign of damage such as swelling, deformation or leakage.

(It can explode or leak acid)

14. Don’t over-tighten the blade (This can cause the motor to burn out)

15. Take a break after every 15 minutes of continuous use.

(Your arms can get tired if used for long time periods)

16. Keep your fingers away from the blade when it’s in motion.

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(Accidents can happen if you are not careful)

17. Keep the tool dry and clean after use.

(Any dirt or dust can cause it to overheat)

18. Store the tool in a safe place when not in use.

(If someone else uses it by mistake and gets injured, you can get sued)

19. Keep this manual in a safe place for future reference.

(You don’t want to have to look everything up again if you lose this manual)

20. Make sure all your fingers are away from the blade before you turn on the tool.

(Your fingers can get caught between the blade and the wood if you’re not careful)

And last but not least…

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21. Don’t attempt to disassemble this tool yourself.

(Taking it apart or attempting to fix it can void the warranty and damage the tool beyond repair)

Thank you for choosing DeWalt! We wish you a safe and enjoyable work experience.

Chapter 6


After reading through the manual twice we still have no idea how to get the portal open. There is a section in the manual that explains how portals work, but it’s so technical and complicated that none of us can make any sense of it.

It’s obvious that we’re going to need help from someone who knows what they’re doing.

“I’m going to have another chat with Castus,” you say. “He seemed pretty friendly the last time I met him.

Perhaps I can convince him to let us out.”

“Sounds good,” Fay nods. “I’ll continue searching through the manual, maybe I’ll stumble across something new.”

You leave the dungeon and head up the stairs to ground level, then you walk outside into the yard to find Castus practising close combat against a handful of derro in bone crushing armor. You wait until he’s finished, studying him as he moves.

There’s a grace to his movements that is almost unnatural. Not only is he far larger and stronger than any man has a right to be, but his reflexes are incredible and his stamina is awe-inspiring. You’ve never seen anyone or anything that moves like him before. He’s unlike any creature you’ve ever encountered before. He’s unlike anything you’ve ever encountered before. He is…


Castus asks, catching you off guard. You didn’t even notice him stopping his assault and pulling out a pipe to light with a tinderbox.

“Uh, yeah,” you reply, caught off guard. “I was actually going to say strange, or weird…”

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“Those wouldn’t be much of an improvement,” Castus says.


I suppose not,” you admit.

You’re wondering about me, aren’t you?”

How did you know?”

“I’d be worried if you weren’t,” Castus laughs. “Honestly, my origins are unknown to even me. I woke up far from here, half dead and stranded. A group of humans found me and healed me, giving me the job of training their soldiers as a way of saying thanks. Here I’ve stayed for a few years now. They’re a fun bunch. They’re all very curious about you as well.”

Are they coming here to see me?”

you ask nervously.

“Not yet,” Castus says. “But perhaps soon.

I’ve told them all about you and your girlfriend, how you’re fighting the system and all that stuff. They’re pretty enamored with you guys.”

What did you tell them we’re doing here exactly?”

“Fighting the system,” Castus shrugs. “I told them you were fighting a corrupt government, and how you’re going to win and all that. They wanted to know what your plan was, so I told them.”

“Shit, man. You shouldn’t have done that,” you say.

And why not? Is it classified?”

“No, but…”

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But what? Are we not friends?”

Castus says, leaning in close to you. “I’ve shared many a booze with you, listened to your stories, stopped you from beating up my men for spouting nonsense.

And this is how you treat me? With suspicion?”

“No, it’s not that. I trust you, Castus. I just… We need to keep this secret. If the Magos finds out we’re planning to rebel, she’ll step up the timetable. I know she’s been wanting to do so for a while now. We’re trying to stop her, not give her an excuse.”

Why are you fighting the system?”

Castus asks seriously. “We’ve had this conversation before. You know you’ll lose.”

“That’s what Kyros said,” you reply, as Castus snorts with laughter.

Kyros said? Was he the short, loud man?”

Castus asks. “

The one that odored strongly of drink?”


“I see. Then I trust you have a better reason than he did.”

“I’m not sure I do,” you say.

Oh? Then why are you doing it?”


For the same reason Kyros did. I don’t have anything better to do. I mean, I’m either here or returning to the nothing life I had on Earth. At least here I feel like I’m actually achieving something. Even if it’s only in the short term.”

“Well, I suppose that’s a start.”

You notice that Castus is looking at you with more focus than usual. It must be because you’re being serious and talking about deeper matters, rather than joking around.

“Tell me,” Castus says. “

Do you believe in the God-Emperor?”

“No,” you reply.

Then what do you believe in?”


Castus leans in closer.

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Do you see that symbol behind me?”

he asks, pointing to the flag with the double headed eagle.

“Yes,” you reply.

“It’s called the double-headed eagle.

Do you know what it means?”


Do you?”

Castus smiles, before leaning in very close and speaking in a hushed voice.

“It’s the sigil of the Tsar. And he means to return.”

The Tsar?”

you ask. “

You mean, the man who ruled over this planet before? The one whose actions led to this place being abandoned?”

“No, I do not mean the former ruler of this planet. I mean the Tsar. The ruler destined to lead us back to the greatness we lost.”

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